“Saina comes from a middle-class family and has been groomed into a world-class player in the face of awesome odds”
Yes, you read that right. Even odds can be ‘awesome’! These words are printed behind the cover page of the book, ‘Saina Nehwal: An Inspirational biography’ written by TS Sudhir. What does it take to become the World No. 2 badminton player and penetrate the seemingly impenetrable Chinese badminton-fortress, is the topic that is predominantly discussed in this book. Continue reading
“If India triumphs, so will we all. If India becomes a genuinely vibrant democracy, all Indians will be more empowered. If we are more ethical in our conduct, all of us will lead a happier life. If the threats to our security are dealt with more effectively, we will be safer. If the lot of our poorest improves, all of us will prosper”
The book ‘Chanakya’s New Manifesto: To resolve the crisis within India’ could have been titled, ‘Pavan K Varma’s New Manifesto: Measures to create a better India’. Of course, Pavan K Varma, is the author of this book and his reading of the current situation along with the suggested measures to improve it, can very much stand on its own without having to use Chanakya’s name for support. Continue reading
People, BEG BUY OR STEAL this book and read it ASAP. I don’t know if there can ever be another autobiography that is so open and so frank, like this one. Taslima Nasreen is a Bangladeshi author, who lives in exile now. That’s not because of this book, as this one is the least controversial of all her works!! It seems, this book has been translated by Nandini Guha. I guess this book was originally published in Bangla.
There are people like me, who struggle to recollect even small incidents from childhood. But looks like, this author’s brain is made of hard-disk (or better, SSD)! Second, I now realize how uninteresting and uneventful my life has been, after reading this book. I’ll have to admit that life in South India (for the majority) pales in comparison with the lively atmosphere of all those small towns (mentioned in this book) in Bangladesh!! Continue reading
Title: The day I stopped drinking milk (Life stories from here and there)
Author: Sudha Murty
Publisher: Penguin Books, 2012, Genre: Non-Fiction, Anthologies
We people living in cities may not be able to guess that a basic commodity like milk could be a luxury to many living in remote parts of our country. Sudha Murty, the author of this book was shocked to learn that during one of her visits, and decides to stop drinking milk thereon. That is the reason behind the title of this book. Continue reading
Do you remember this post – ’13 things I plan to avoid in 2013′? I wrote it for a contest in our CBC (Chennai Bloggers Club), and it won a prize! I got a voucher that could be used to buy something from Flipkart. I should thank the sponsor Cuponation for giving the prize so fast. The below list shows what I bought from Flipkart – 9 Non-Fiction books (Well, all except one – Chanakya’s Chant). Non-fiction is what I read these days. Continue reading
- Then Kizhakku Asia (South East Asia in Tamil) – Ram Velayudham and Ramalakshmi
- Naatukku Uzhaitha Nallavar – Veerapandiya Kattabomman
- Naatukku Uzhaitha Nallavar – V O Chidambaram Pillai
- Naatukku Uzhaitha Nallavar – Shivaji
- Naatukku Uzhaitha Nallavar – Visveswaraiah
- Naatukku Uzhaitha Nallavar – Jaya Prakash Narayanan
- The Classical Age of The Tamils – Arokiaswami
- Tourism and Development in South and South East Asia – Manivasagan.
The last two books (7,8) is published by University of Madras (in English). The first six books is published by Palaniappa Brothers (in Tamil).
These are the books I bought at the Chennai book fair, 2013 held at Nandanam Island grounds (YMCA campus) As you might know, every year this *grand and huge* book fair is held for two weeks at Chennai, during the Pongal season. The book fair ends on Jan 23 (tomorrow) and I managed to go there one day before! Continue reading
Should NRI’s ‘return to India?’is the question highlighted by the book, ‘Return to India’ by Shoba Narayan. Before you think that the author has written a book-full of advice, let me tell you that the book only deals with one person’s experience, point of view and dilemma on whether their family should come back from the United States to India.
“The problems for immigrants like me is that we are equally at ease in two disparate cultures and, therefore, fit into neither. We belong to both countries, yet choose neither”